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The Language of Flowers

A Novel
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Language of Flowers
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"The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past."--
Authors: Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
Title: The language of flowers
a novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,25 cm.
Notes: Includes Victoria's dictionary of flowers (p. [311]-318).
Summary: "The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past."--
ISBN: 034552554X
9780345525543
Statement of Responsibility: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Subject Headings: San Francisco (Calif.) Fiction. Flower language Fiction. Florists Fiction. Young women Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories.
Topical Term: Flower language
Florists
Young women
LCCN: 2010051026
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With a title like The Language of Flowers, you might expect something sappy, but there are only a few instances when this lovely novel veers toward the sentimental. This is the story of Victoria, a young woman who is living on her own after years in foster care. Victoria’s one positive foster pla... Read More »

It is Victoria Jones's 18th birthday, and she finally is freed from California's foster care system. Abandoned at birth, Victoria has grown up in a string of bad foster homes, except for the one year she spent with Elizabeth, a vineyard owner who taught her the meaning of flowers.


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A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This story is about a young woman whose gift for flowers helps her to change the lives of others while overcoming her own difficulties. A very interesting book!"

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: A newly emancipated foster child enters a new life as an independent young woman of 18. She is faced with numerous challenges including homelessness and unemployment. She ultimately finds her way despite her troubled past. The story revisits her past and tells of her present situation in alternating chapters. Her past and present come full circle in this novel, flowers and their attached meanings are woven into the story in a natural and meaningful way. Readers will cheer for the brave and talented main character, Victoria.

Jul 02, 2014
  • oO_Oo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At times the switching between past and present is a trifle confusing, but Diffenbaugh handles it well. The story did seem a trifle predictable at points, but overall was a good read.

Jun 17, 2014
  • sarahlorae rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting book that was hard to put down.

May 09, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author takes a simple story and adds a nice touch to it by incorporating the symbolism of flowers into the storyline. This was quite interesting but for me it became too much of a good thing. It got a little repetitive and by the end I was ready to wrap it up.Still a nice story though. Im not surprised that so many people have enjoyed it.

Feb 15, 2014
  • deccles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought I would get tired of reading this book after the first couple of chapters. This flower means this blah, blah. But no. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to see how the past and present connected in the story.

Jan 27, 2014
  • furlan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The lead character is hard to like and at times the plot is ridiculously unbelievable. ie leaving a newborn baby alone in an apartment while the mother sleeps in a park overnight!

The flower language is interesting for awhile but gets repetitious.

2 1/2 stars from me

Dec 24, 2013
  • rbgosh2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

loved this book, couldn't put it down. i loved the way it was written and how it all came together....you love each character, each with a different perspective.....a must read!

Dec 13, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Victoria uses the language of flowers, the meanings assigned to particular plants, to heal strangers she meets in her work at a flower shop. She uses the language of flowers to express emotions to those she wishes to love. And she uses the language of flowers to eventually heal herself.

At turns difficult, frustrating, and confusing, The Language of Flowers offers hope and compassion to those damaged by life’s brutality.

Readers who appreciated the plight of foster children in White Oleander will find similar themes here. The Buffalo Soldier offers insight into the foster care system from a foster family’s point of view and is equally gripping in its own way.

Nov 18, 2013
  • little_table rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous book! If you are a gardener or have an avid interest in flowers and symbolism this book is for you! Characters were realistic and their emotional perspectives so believably and relatable. Hard to put down.

Oct 08, 2013
  • Klimo1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I waited a long time to read this book and it was worth the wait. Great first book by this author! Believable characters!

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Jan 29, 2014
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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